Appraisal Experience

antique (Latin: antiquus [antīkʷos]; ‘old’, ‘ancient’) + questor (Latin: quaestor [ˈkʷae̯stɔr]; ‘investigator’)

As the principal and owner of Antiquestor, I am uniquely qualified to conduct personal property appraisals. I am a certified appraiser through the Asheford Institute of Antiques (AIA) in property knowledge and the AIA Professional Appraiser Code of Conduct (PACC). I engage in advanced and continuous training through the International Society of Appraisers of which I am a member, meaning that I have completed the core ISA training in appraisal theory, methodology, ethics, and report-writing standards, with three or more years of market-related experience. I adhere to ethics laid out in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and am compliant through 2024. With a master’s degree in library science, I bring a rigorous approach to the research process—the essence of the appraisal report. Natural curiosity drives me to dive deep to uncover an object’s potential artistic and historic significance. My intellectual interests are fed through encounters with material culture and what it teaches me about past cultures, places, and eras—sending me on quests on behalf of my clients—that can sometimes result in surprising discoveries.

My expertise lies in connoisseurship of antique furniture, decorative arts and household goods—especially mid-century modern. As part of my professional ethical pledge, I am required to engage appraisers with specialties that fall outside my expertise (ie. gemologists, philatelist, numismatists.) Clients can rest assured that I partner with highly knowledgeable, ethical, and reputable colleagues and will have a seamless team at their disposal. For very large and complex estates, I partner with Lennie Rose Estate Appraisals. Our partnership expands capacity and efficiency, along with expertise and network of national specialists.

In addition to appraisals for insurance, estate tax, and charitable donation, private client work includes brokering, downsizing, and dispersals of personal property. Antiquestor services the Chicago metro area, and the western suburbs from Oak Park to the Fox Valley*. There is a satellite office in Petoskey as well, servicing Northern Michigan**. I invite private collectors, estate executors and heirs, senior move managers, estate lawyers, trust managers, and insurance adjusters to contact me about appraising anything from a single antique to a collection of memorabilia to an estate full of furniture, in-person or virtual.

Kathleen W. Doyle
Principal, Antiquestor Personal Property Appraisals
MS, Library and Information Science, U of I, Urbana-Champaign
Certified Appraiser, Asheford Institute of Antiques
USPAP-compliant through 2024
Member, International Society of Appraisers

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*Algonquin. Antioch, Aurora, Batavia, Campton Hills, Carpentersville, Cary, Cook County, DuPage County, East Dundee, Elgin, Fox Lake, Fox River Grove, Geneva, Johnsburg, Kane County, McHenry, Millbrook, Millington, Montgomery, North Aurora, Oswego, Ottawa, Sheridan, St. Charles, South Elgin, Wayne, West Dundee, Yorkville.
**Bay Harbor, Bay View, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Traverse City and surrounding areas.